The State Police Academy in Albany is hosting the national " Below 100" training program for the first time in New York, where about 200 members of law enforcement from federal, state and local agencies will be trained on how to reduce law enforcement fatalities.
In addition to the Bedford Police Department, the Westchester County Police Department is also signed up.
The initiative aims to reduce the line of duty deaths (LODDs) nationally to below 100 annually, a number not seen since 1944. In 2010 and 2011, there were 174 LODDs, and in 2012, the first year after Below 100 was started, there were 120 line of duty deaths, a 50 year low.
“The New York State Police know first-hand the pain associated with losing a member. In 2013, the State Police lost four members in the line of duty," NYSP Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said in a press release. "We are pleased to host this training for the first time in New York and are confident it will save lives. We want all members of law enforcement to return home safely at the end of their shift.”